Pastors & Staff

Bishop James E. McKnight, Jr. 

Founder & Senior Pastor
Bishop James E. McKnight, Jr. was born in Gainesville, Florida to Bishop James E. and Sister Jessie McKnight. As a young boy, he was always serious about the work of the Lord by integrating preaching, praying and teaching...

Lady Delois McKnight

First Lady
Lady Delois Turner McKnight is the fourth and presiding first lady of the Church of God by Faith, Inc. She is the youngest daughter of 14 children, born to Deacon Raleigh and Mother Katie Turner of Abbeville, Georgia. She was...

Devin McKnight

Church  Administrator
He loves God and His people. In his spare time he enjoys making music, spending time with his family, and cheering on the University of Florida Gators 

Jackie Branton

Administrative Secretary
Jackie Branton has served in many roles  but the catalyst to her administrative career was  her appointment as the churches’ financial secretary. 

Theresa Slocum

Connect Ministry
Theresa got connected with SCOGBF after returning from active military duty and has served as former Executive Director of BCFCC and currently has oversight for Fellowship ministries. 

Elder Avery Shell

Pastor Shell, whom The Lord delivered on January 1, 1997, has been married since June 30, 2001 to Sandra Shell. The Lord called him to minister through evangelism in 1998.

Iana Patterson

As an Education Director, Iana has a heart to serve God and to walk in His precepts. With the grace of God, she and her husband have raised three  children that are firmly planted in God’s word.  

Winefred Major

Winefred Major, aka Sis. Winnie, has been a member of Starke COGBF since 2001. She also tirelessly volunteers in the Food Ministry at the church.  Her favorite scripture is John 3:16.

Jermaine & Nikki Hutchinson

Youth and Young Adult
Jermaine and Nikki Hutchinson  are the proud parents of 4 cupcake eating, energizer bunny active, God-fearing children. Their fun personalities are perfect for the youth ministry, as they enjoy working with children of all ages!

LaShay McKnight

Lashay is a woman after God’s own heart, thus her passions are directed towards creatively reaching and touching the lives of others through God’s love.  She  is happily married and have two amazing, God-loving children, Laila & Devin Jr. 

Kim Holmes

Kim joined Starke COGBF in 2014. Her goal is to reach the congregation and the  community through effective communication ito inspire, inform and invite participation in the church.

Denice Young  

Denise became a member  in early 2000 and uses her God-given talents to acquire resources for the community and church family. She faithfully serves as a choir director, food ministry volunteer and the Food Outreach Program Manager.